To be cherished and treasured just the way we are.  That's how God loves us.  We are the most sinful and imperfect people ever, totally undeserving of His grace and love.  But God continues to love us unconditionally.  And when He brings someone into our lives who sees us the same way God sees us, it's beautiful.  We shouldn't be criticized or told to change how God has made us.  We should love, encourage, and care for each other.  To be cherished and treasured.  That's how it should be.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed
  for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
  great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10


little ones

I really love my job at the daycare.  :)
Friday I was helping the older boys fingerpaint monsters and aliens.  Once I got them set up with their papers and paints I sat down next to one of them and started painting my own alien.  The boy said to me, "Miss Laura, you're so cool.  You're not like the other teachers."  I told him it's because I'm awesome.
Today one of the little girls came up to me when I was tying someone's shoe.  She brushed the hair out of my face and kissed me on the cheek.  Such a sweetie.


the inevitable

Ignoring something doesn't make it go away or not happen.  Whether good or bad, the inevitable will always come to pass.  It's God's will.
Sometimes we ignore what God's trying to do because we think we know better what's good for us.  Then when we finally surrender to His will, we discover just how wonderful  His plan is and that we were silly to resist.
Other times we know something is bound to happen but we pretend it won't because it will be difficult to deal with.  You can pretend and daydream all you want, but if it's God's will, then we better just take it as it comes and rely on Him for strength.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28



Someone who makes you so unbelievably happy that you can't describe it without bouncing up and down and smiling... it's the best thing ever.  :)


wait and see

Music time!  :)
This is Brandon Heath.  He's pretty awesome.  These are two of my favorite songs of his: "I'm Not Who I Was" and "Wait And See".  His music has a simple but direct style.  I want to delve into his newest album "Leaving Eden".

Yep, God's not finished with me yet.  I tell my friends that I've enjoyed seeing them grow and mature in their faith and that I can't wait to see what God does in their lives.  But I never took the time to think that about myself.  It's true though.  I've come a long way.  I'm not the person I used to be (not even a year ago) and God is still working on me.  I can't wait to see what He does.  :)

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say cheese

No class next week because my teacher will be out of town.  No class the week after because it's spring break. It's a self-paced class pretty much.  He gave us the list of chapters we're to complete from Adobe Photoshop Classroom In A Book and every time we complete a chapter we give him the PSD to grade while we take a quiz on the chapter.  He then grades the quiz and writes the final grades on our paper used to track our progress.  After we complete the chapters we're to select some photoshop tutorials online and complete them.  Then we use what we learned in the tutorials to create a final project.  Sounds pretty straightforward, and it is.  But I'm finishing things so fast.  I have one more chapter to do and study before starting on the tutorials and final project. I want to hold off on starting the tutorials until I can talk to my teacher a little more about what  he expects from us for that part of the course.  So pretty much I have stuff to do but can't do it right now and I'm getting kind of bored... I need to better occupy my time...  One thing I've started doing to help occupy myself is one of those "take a picture every day for an entire year" things.  I'm hoping that it will give me something to do and keep me creatively stimulated.  It's called Multiple Day of Photos.  Yeah, pretty creative *sarcasm*.  I didn't want to call it "My 365 Project" like a bunch of other people have, so that's what I came up with.  Yep.  Feel free to follow my journey.  I'm only three days into it right now, but I intend to see it all the way through.  Wish me luck!


not enough

Revisiting one of my favorite music artists today.  Jason Mraz.  :)

I cannot listen to his music enough.  I have his album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. and I really love it.  It's hard for me to pick just one song as a favorite.  Lucky featuring Colbie Caillat and I'm Yours make the favorites list along with Love For A Child and Details In The Fabric.  If It Kills Me and A Beautiful Mess are also favorites.  Yeah, that's about half the songs on the album and all the others are really good too!  His music is relaxed, fun, creative, and beautiful.